How using my iPhone’s “text replacement” feature saves me tons of time (and stress)

As a dual citizen, I’ve got lots of ID numbers to remember: drivers license, social security, ID cards, passport numbers, etc. And with kids, it means that I need to remember, like, twenty different strings of numbers for any given purpose.* This will often become complicated when preparing to travel. When you’ve got a bunch … Continue reading How using my iPhone’s “text replacement” feature saves me tons of time (and stress)

It Will Shock You

There’s a scene in Season 2 of Mad Men, when Don Draper visits Peggy Olson in the hospital. She’s recovering from having given birth to a married man’s child, and is understandably worried about balancing her ascendant career with the responsibilities of parenthood, compounded by the complexity of the baby’s paternity. Don, her only visitor, … Continue reading It Will Shock You

Focus Mode

When I think back to the early-00s, I think of a lot of chunky, single-purpose, monochrome screen devices: a Franklin PDA, a Memorex MP3 player, a Sony DSLR. Now, obviously, things are different. When I survey the devices on my desk now, I’ve got an iPad Pro and an iPhone 12 — both of which … Continue reading Focus Mode

Disney+ and Quibi. It’s a Small Screen World, After All.

Much has been written about Quibi — the streaming video service launched a few weeks ago by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. The central conceit of the platform was that it was premised upon shortform, mobile-first videos – “quick bites,” thus the name Quibi. Unfortunately for its creators, Quibi has largely been a flop. Which … Continue reading Disney+ and Quibi. It’s a Small Screen World, After All.